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This information session is designed to give you an opportunity to learn more about our Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Course.

About our YMTT (Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training)———————————————————-
Be Still, Then Move
210 Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training

September 13, 2019 – March 15, 2020

We are here to be lit from the inside out. To be courageous enough to pause, be still, and then move. {Chill with all of the running all over the place, all of the competing, all of the disconnection.} We are here to move from a deep, resonant, and woke place. We are here to be in purposeful, empowering inquiry- together. We are here to challenge, support, and encourage each other. Anchored in stillness and mindful movement, our training invites you to question what yoga “has to” look and feel like. More than pushing boundaries and finding your edge, our training bravely guides you to identify, trust, live, and teach from your center. This is an opportunity to learn, explore, and grow in a sacred and chill space.

From a more centered and grounded place every single movement -whether it’s in our bodies, hearts, family, the front lines of a protest, service, work, or leadership- every movement born from stillness is exponentially more powerful. Our lead teachers Octavia and Meryl {O+M} ‘s most powerful “moves” in the yoga room and beyond were born from stillness This is why we teach- Be still, then move.

The stillness based practices of yin and restorative yoga are at the heart of our training. Meditation is the breath of our training. Movement and mindful flow-based practices are the vessels and lungs. They are all essential and equally emphasized. Beyond the traditional postures that we can take on the mat, our training is a course in the cultivation of Self and an invitation to be in deep inquiry about how we can build community, real connections, and effect change; how we can create movement(s) grounded in yoga beyond our mats.

This training will cover:

Restorative Yoga
Yin Yoga
much, much more (visit for full details)

Co-directed by Octavia Raheem & Meryl Arnett

Our dynamic guest teachers will be updated/shared soon.


Dates, Admission Details, Cost and more can be found by visiting:

Yoga Teacher Training

Empowered Wisdom Yoga Nidra Teacher Training & Certification Retreat

Immerse yourself in the profound state of Yoga Nidra and embody the teachings that allow you to transmit powerful and transformative yoga nidra experiences. Yoga Nidra is not about reading a script in a relaxed voice. It is the art of guiding yourself or another into the deepest state of consciousness where deep rest and union with Presence is experienced.

This training is for teachers and seekers who want to explore Yoga Nidra beyond a technique–as a state of consciousness. Our emphasis will be on Sacred Self Care, Creativity, Intuition, Healing, Ritual and Sankalpa Shakti


  • History, mythology and traditions
  • Brain Science and sleep hygiene
  • Understanding the difference between Yoga Nidra and deep relaxation
  • States of consciousness
  • When & why to use specific techniques leading towards yoga nidra
  • The importance of a daily sadhana
  • Mantra to Goddess Yoga Nidra
  • Necessity of devotion and bhakti
  • How to invoke the space of Hiranyagarbha
  • Contra indications for certain ailments
  • Koshas and how they relate to Yoga Nidra
  • The relationship of the Prana Vayus in yoga nidra


  • Creating your Yoga Nidra Nest
  • Learn restorative poses to support the body for Yoga Nidra practice for pregnancy, trauma, exhaustion etc.
  • Perfect Sankalpa and Sankalpa Shakti
  • How to lead yourself towards the state of Yoga Nidra & deepen your relationship to Nidra Shakti.
  • Ritual practices including mantra, yantra, likita japa and Sankalpa rituals
  • Preparatory and post practices: pranayama, joints and glands, point to point, moon bath
  • Creative exploration as a means to process the experience of yoga nidra practice
  • Self Healing and the Healing Image
  • Self inquiry techniques
  • Creating your sacred sanctuary


Our certification retreat is designed for students who have completed the Empowered Wisdom Teacher Training and are ready to take the seat of the teacher. Learn the process of creating your own Yoga Nidra scripts. Deepen your skills as a facilitator and your relationship with Nidra Shakti. This unique program offers you personal feedback on your yoga nidra teaching and how to hold a sacred and safe environment. This where you learn to translate the power that you have cultivated throughout the training.

  • Embodying Yoga Nidra and Taking the Seat of the Teacher
  • Honoring Safety and Trauma in Sacred Space
    Voice and pacing
  • Creating Personalized Scripts
  • One-to-one feed back on your yoga nidra teaching
  • Translate the power of your own practice into embodied transmission.

27 Training
13 hours Omwork

20 Hours on retreat (separate tuition+ room and board. Registration link will be sent once accepted.

Total: 60 Yoga Alliance CEU’s



What’s Included:
-Yoga Nidra Practice Recordings and Resources (video and mp3)
-Online Homework and Study materials
-Online Monthly Mentorship
-Yoga Nidra Initiation Kit


Daily schedule as follows:
Thursday July 11- 8:45-11:45, Lunch from 11:45-1:15, 1:15-5:45pm
Friday July 12 – 8:45-11:45, Lunch from 11:45-1:15, 1:15-6:15pm
Saturday July 13 1:30-7:30 snack break 4:00-4:30pm
Sunday July 14- 8:30-3:30 lunch 11:30-12:30

Tuition $895 if paid in full by May 1, 2019, After May 1- $995

Payment plans available with at least $250 nonrefundable down payment.


By application only. Copy link to apply:


Two Scholarships. All applications due by Jan. 30, 2019

Apply here:

Retreat dates:

Monday September 23rd 3pm- Wednesday September 25, 2019 3pm at Elohee Bald Mountain Center. Separate Tuition + Room and Board applies. Direct registration for retreat:


Why Tracee & Chanti are Collaborating
Collaboration is the ability to be fluid in a creative environment with each other. We choose to collaborate for a number of reasons. It allows us to grow with each other, and critically think about what we teach and how those teachings are expressed. In a world where hierarchy and being at “the top” is paramount, we want to be an example of how teaching can also be a practice in sacred relationship— with each individual in the room, our environment and that which we are exploring: Nidra Shakti.

April Awakening {Challenge}: Begins Sunday April 2, 2018

Did you begin the year with intention, clarity, and the best laid plans to create powerful shifts and make this the year that you awakened to the depth + vastness of your life/potential… or something like that— {ha}!Only to have the day-to-day, real life, hustle and bustle, old stories and habits… or just the natural desire to stay in and keep warm during winter take over that intention?

We understand.

Awakening to the life we want and deserve doesn’t come from will alone. It doesn’t come from force, or from berating ourselves for our inability to “just make it happen.”

We believe it does come from intention, action, commitment, and being in supported+ accountable community. This needs to happen consistently.

The earth is awakening, now. The youth are awakening, now. Culturally, an awakening is called for and coming-

Or even more basic- We are personally awakening to a little bit of a “whew, wait, the year is almost one fourth of the way gone moment “ and we want to BE in the moment, consciously creating what we desire vs. look back and wonder where the time went.

Welcome to our April AWAKENING {challenge}

Do you have to come everyday? No. Awakening does require focus, intentionality and commitment. You’ll practice at least four times a week and so will we.

Do you have to be “good” at yoga? Nope. Just willing to try practices that might not be your jam. Everyone has a speed that feels natural to him or her. You may always be drawn to yin yoga. During our Awakening, we invite you to Flow and Be Still. Always want to “go hard” and move and move and move? We invite you to be still in restorative class or to meditate.

Awakening happens in unexpected places.

Do you have to like meditation? Nada. But study after study and real life stories continue to prove that meditation is GOOD for all of us and we recommend you practice it at least once a week with Meryl.
Do you have to show up for yourself? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. This may mean choosing your practice vs. sending one more email some days.

The details:

Official start is April 2 at 6:15pm in Meryl’s Meditation Class.

• Practice 4 times a week. (Unlimited month included in the price for nonmembers) following the schedules below OR email us at We’ll be happy to help you sort through your schedule to create a 4 times a week schedule that works for your life!
• Exclusive online support via Community Facebook group
• Weekly inspirational messages via public newsletter
• Closing Yinflow practice with wine and light bites on Friday, April 27 from 7:30-9:00pm
• Two exclusive to April Awakening participant deals.
• Closing gift that supports your continued awakening when you complete at least 16 classes in April

Non-members price- $119- Price includes unlimited monthly class and closing mini-retreat when you complete at least four classes a week. You can sign-up here!

Members price- FREE, all you have to do is email us at and we will sign you up!

Yoga Nidra Immersion

November 16, 2017
The Yoga Nidra module is part of our Art of Chill Series: An Immersion and Self Care Experience for Yoga Teachers
This is part of our CEU program, designed to give teachers who currently hold a 200/500-certification additional tools to create chill space for self and students.


Weekend schedule:
Friday 7:45-9:15pm
Saturday 1:30-7:00pm
Sunday 8:30-3:30pm

Yoga Nidra Immersion with Tracee Stanley
ParaYoga Nidra is the sublime science of complete relaxation. But, it is more than that. Rooted in a vast body of knowledge, ParaYoga Nidra has five different aims or outcomes. Depending upon which one of these five you wish to achieve, the approach changes. On the most basic level, ParaYoga Nidra is a comprehensive method for maximizing health and well-being. On a deeper level, it is a profoundly spiritual practice and somewhere in between, it is one of the most profound and accessible ways to positively reshape the unconscious. The practice of Yoga Nidra is a guided practice done lying down in the pose of savasana. As you fall deeper into relaxation you may experience all resistances fall away and your body melt into a place of deeply restful peace and beyond.In this experiential immersion you will experience Yoga Nidra in the ParaYoga lineage.
Discussion and practicums include:

  • History of Yoga Nidra
  • 4 States of Consciousness
  • The 5 modalities of ParaYoga Nidra
  • How to Prepare for Yoga Nidra.
  • The Set up
  • Joints and Gland Exercises
  • Exercise without movement.
  • Optimal Yoga practice for Yoga Nidra
  • Sankalpa and Yoga Nidra
  • Writing Exercises
  • Incorporating Yoga Nidra into your home practice.

Tracee began sharing her understanding of the ancient technology of Tantra when Yogarupa Rod Stryker initiated her into the lineage of Sri Vidya in 2001. The focus of Tracee’s teaching is empowerment, sankalpa (intention), self-mastery and healing. As a senior teacher in the ParaYoga tradition she utilizes the unique practices of the tradition to guide students towards the door of awakening to their true nature, creating positive momentum and accelerating the trajectory towards fulfilling their destiny for an empowered life.
Tracee has created a 40-day interactive Soul Journal and Self-inquiry Oracle Cards -The Empowered Life to assist students on their journey towards self-mastery. Tracee is on the faculty of Esalen Institute, is the founder of Sankalpa Shakti Yoga School and a co-owner of Pranamaya, a yoga media company. She leads trainings, presents at workshops, festivals and retreats internationally.

Please bring:
Water bottle
Eye pillow or light scarf
Shawl or light blanket
Cozy socks
Wear comfortable clothes
Avoid caffeine on the day

Pricing: $350- Before August 14, 2018/ $425 after

This weekend Immersion is currently waitlist only. Due to demand, we’ve added a 2nd weekend of the same training January 19-21, 2018.

The Biodynamic Yin Yoga module is part of our Art of Chill series: An Immersion and Self Care Experience for Yoga Teachers

Each module in this series will include the opportunity for teachers to be nourished and immersed in the practice as a student first. Teachers will leave with clear ways to cultivate a home practice. Additionally, expect to walk away from each module ready to incorporate into flow classes or teach as a stand-alone class.
This is part of our CEU program, designed to give teachers who currently hold a 200/500-certification additional tools to create chill space for self and students.

About our Biodynamic Yin Yoga module: Many people come to yoga to get stronger or gain flexibility in their physical bodies. For some, that gives way to a sense that there is more to the practice than the body. Through the practice of yin yoga, we can connect to the subtle body or to that “something” we can’t quite touch even though we feel its impact in the physical realm, this pranic field. Yin yoga, specifically biodynamic, offers opportunities to process emotions, release tension, and find clarity on the mat. The result is often a more integrated connection to the self and a profound sense of wellbeing.

Biodynamic Yin Yoga is a subtle and chill practice that requires a different teaching skill set than more active styles. Yoga teachers of all traditions are invited to attend this training in order to learn more about this nurturing, nourishing style of yoga that is beneficial for students at all levels.

Sacred Chill {West}’s Biodynamic Yin Immersion with Cat Kabira is designed for Yoga Teachers who are looking to incorporate yin yoga+ biodynamics into their classes or for those wanting to deepen a personal practice. In this 15-hour course, you will learn:

• Yin Basics 101: the history and different approaches to yin and what biodynamic yin is
• Sequencing a yin practice
• Basic poses and how to modify for different bodies, injuries, tension patterns
• Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
• Introduction to working with subtle energetics; emotional, karmic, ancestral, and more
• Working with your voice and presence
• Uncovering the blocks that may come up for you in this unique style of teaching/practicing

Cat Kabira, E-RYT 500 is a global teacher trainer and subtle energetic arts initiator. As a yin teacher, she has studied with Sarah Powers and is familiar with Paul Grilley and Bernie Clark. Her approach to yin practice is open, spacious, and divinely feminine. In addition she is a shamanic healer, meditation teacher, cranio-sacral therapist, and intuitive. She seamlessly combines these practices with her approach to yin. This combination creates an unparalleled, nourishing, and transformational training experience. Her students remark, “Life-changing is not just a tagline. Cat’s the real deal.”

Find out more about Cat by visiting:

Weekend schedule
Friday 7:45-9:15pm
Saturday 1:00-7:00pm
Sunday 8:30-3:00pm

Pricing: $325- 30 days in advance/ $400 after

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